Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Balancing your Ceiling Fan

Few things are more annoying than a rattling fan motor or a wobbling fan; it can also be scary when your fan shakes above you. While most new high-end ceiling fans come pre-balanced, others level themselves when run on high for a few hours. In few instances it may be necessary to make some adjustments – you may have an older fan that has come off kilter. So how do you balance your ceiling fan?

First make sure all your screws are tight and nothing has loosened over time. Than you will want to make sure all the blades are straight – measure from the ceiling down to the blade, in order to make sure the same side of all blades are measured. Next, using a fan balancing kit, you will need to determine which blade needs more weight. Place the balancing clip halfway between the blade tip and blade holder and run the fan – do this with all blades and mark which blade makes the biggest difference. You will then need to fine tune the placement of the weight by moving the clip in and out, on the blade, until it is balanced. Once the weight location has been determined, peel off the paper from the weight adhesive and place it on the top center of the blade, directly inline with the balancing clip. From here you should have a working, better balanced fan for your room; if the fan is still wobbly or continues to make noise, attempt this process again with the balancing kit or consult a lighting professional.

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Modern Fan Altus

Both Modern Fan Company and Period Arts Fan Company offer high quality fans with clean contemporary design. Both companies design high performance fans with quiet and steady motors. Modern Fan Company consists of a more contemporary and simple style; their fans feature basic geometric shapes mostly in matte silver and white. Many of the Modern Fan Company’s products have minimalist conceptions with three or four blades and they remain above fashion and trends offering ceiling fans that will be relevant for years to come.

The Period Arts line brings traditional finishes and materials to a clean and contemporary design. These fans are authentic designs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century architectural movements. They offer the best of both worlds – period design with modern technology.

Both Modern Fan Company and Period Arts have great specifications, offering all their fans with a la carte options. It is extremely easy to select the exact fan you need for each room; blade size and color, fan finish, light selection and control options are all individually selected – simply select the options you need based on the room size and style.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kichler LED Tape

LED Tape lighting has various applications; any small space that needs ambient lighting is the perfect spot for these tiny flexible lights. LED is now bright enough for task lighting over kitchen counters and desks; it is a flawless under cabinet lighting solution. Unlike halogens, LEDs will not get hot and warm your cabinets, adding that unnecessary heat. They also draw significantly less power and with a lifespan of 40,000 hours they are maintenance free.

One of the brightest under cabinet LED tape lights is from Kichler Lighting, and only draws 4 watts per foot. Kichler’s LED tape lights, like the other’s on the market, is dimmable provided you purchase a dimmable driver. Drivers are a necessary component for tape lighting as they run on 12 volts unlike the 120 volts that run through your house. When designing or remodeling your kitchen, place power in each section of independent cabinets – this power source could be located above the fridge or microwave or in an accessible basement ceiling.

Kichler Under Cabinet Lighting

Most tape lighting is flexible and customizable for any kitchen. They are provided with cutting locations every 3 inches and various connectors to jump around appliances and breaks in the cabinets. What sets Kichler tape lighting apart from its competitors is the color temperature and light output; Kichler LED tape lighting comes in a few different color options: 2700K, 3000K and 4000K. If you like the warm glow of incandescent light bulbs go with the 2700K – 3000K is a true white and looks great on white back splashes. The 4000K is like the older LEDs, a nice cool white color.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Great Room Ceiling Fan

Sizing a ceiling fan for your room can be tricky but there are some general guidelines for fan sizes given the size of your space:

Ceiling height does play into the visual appearance of your fan size; a small 42 inch ceiling fan is for a space that is about 100 square feet or smaller. Your standard ceiling fan is 52 to 54 inches – these are great for 144 to 225-square-foot spaces. A larger ceiling fan, like a 60 inch fan, is good for anything larger than that. Certain manufacturers also make 72 inch fans for extremely large rooms with 2 story ceilings, like a great room or larger foyer; these larger fans are only good for very high ceilings.

The airflow of a ceiling fan is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFI) and for a standard 144 to 225-square-foot room, 4800 CFI is probably the best. Anything above 5500 CFI is great for most rooms. Ceiling fans are incredibly efficient for cooling and circulating the air in your home. The energy used is measured in watts and today’s new eco motors, which run on DC current, can use as little as 22 watts but the use of about 80 watts is normal for the standard ceiling fan. A fan’s efficiency is measured in cubic feet per minute per watt consumed – the higher the efficiency number is the more efficient your fan.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kichler Lighting introduced a new line of LED landscape lighting at this summer’s International Lighting Market and this new line, known as Radiax, definitely generated a lot of interest among industry professionals.

Kichler Radiax

Kichler’s Radiax LED landscape technology has the greatest lumens per watt in the industry; its design utilizes innovative optics that increases light output while consuming fewer watts. This new technology drives more output from their LED chips creating a more focused light at a cooler temperature. While the chips themselves run cooler, this does not affect the lights color.

The Radiax, a Kichler exclusive design, controls the color rendering and offers their lights in three different Kelvins. The new Radiax design takes a traditional 75watt PAR 30 fixture that costs about $40 to power a year and drops the cost output to $11.53 a year with this novel lighting technology – this cost comparison is focusing on energy alone. According to kichler.com, lumens are an enhanced indication of a light’s brightness.

“..At Kichler, we’ve engineered a solution to get the most lumens with the least amount of wattage. Our Radiax TM optic drives increased output from our LED chips, creating more focused light at a cooler operating temperature.”

Kichler’s Radiax truly focuses on how the light makes consumers feel as well as the type environment they want.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

LBL Mademoiselle Pendant

The summer 2013 Dallas Market Lighting Show just wrapped up and this year was overtaken by two very different looks. On one hand you have the restoration and simple classic style and on the other there are the more modern sculptural pieces. These fun and modern pieces that have little in common with the conventional chandelier are being referred to as “Generation Z.”

Crystorama Solstice Pendant

The statement pieces are reminiscent of sculptures and jewelry; some of this movement is fueled by the switch to LED lighting. Fixtures are no longer confined to the dimensions of a standard light bulb. These fixtures can be thin and sleek, more about form than function. LBL’s Mademoiselle collection is a great example of this; the body is a sleek linear line that houses a slim LED light source. It is then draped in more than 30 feet of metal links that incorporate Swarovski Elements crystal accents.

Sonneman’s Starflex is another collection that is influenced by the evolvement of LED. This fixture is composed of select arms of thin LEDs that flex into different positions, giving the fixture multiple looks and silhouettes. Corbett and Troy Lighting have a few more artistic and sculptural pieces in this year’s collection too; the Poetry collection from Corbett features a basic shape of an orb which is the definitely a popular form in lighting this year. It is a sculpture made of hand crafted iron rods with piercing delicate and beautifully finished silver leaf planes. Solstice by Crystorama bridges the two styles – the collection is sculptural in shape but encompasses a simple classic chandelier within.